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Increasing access of non-traditional students
Stockholm University. (Deapartment of Education)
2014 (English)In: Zeitschrift für Weiterbildungsforschung, ISSN 0177-4166, Vol. 37, no 4, 54-66 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the consequences of increasing access of non-traditional students to higher education (HE) in Sweden, for society, individuals and HE. The findings are based on a recently finished European Research Project called Access and Retention: Experiences of Non-traditional Students in Higher Education (RANLHE) with seven countries involved. First, a general introduction about opening access to HE is presented, followed by a review of Swedish HE policy which emphasizes employability, lifelong learning, and completion. Next, is a brief presentation of RANLHE project including the project’s research focus, methodology and a comparison between the partner countries (completion rate and general characteristics). The Swedish case is highlighted and a typology of non-traditional students introduced which demonstrates a change in students’ identity formation as a result of mass HE. The role of research and teaching institutions in regards to mature/non-traditional students and their impact on students’ identity formation is discussed. Finally, the article concludes with the general consequences for HE in Europe.

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Bielefeld, 2014. Vol. 37, no 4, 54-66 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113659OAI: diva2:786835
Available from: 2015-02-06 Created: 2015-02-06 Last updated: 2015-02-06

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